Saturday, 4th March 2017
In the high jump, she managed to clear a height of 1.32m giving her sixth place after the first event. New friend, Mya McMahon from Dunfermline Track & Field Club, jumped an impressive 1.56m, which currently tops the 2017 UK rankings. Putting her 260 points behind, Julia had a difficult task ahead.The next event was the 60m Hurdles and, although Mya managed to clock a very respectable 9.86s, Julia dashed like the wind and crossed the line with 9.62s, which is not only a new Personal Best, but is second on the all-time best results for U13 Girls.
Next up was Julia’s favourite – the Long Jump. After a trial run-up ended over the board, she moved her marker back by half a foot. This resulted in a perfect take off on her first jump and a PB-breaking distance of 5.34m. This put her on the all-time lists again, but more pertinently, was only the second U13 girl to do so in this century. McMahon still led in the overall scores after leaping 4.79m for second.
Julia then finished second in the shot put with a throw of 7.87m and overtook McMahon in the standings by barely 20 points, which translated to approximately 2 seconds’ advantage in the final event – the 800m. Both girls clocked new PBs in it – 2:41.89 for Julia and 2:55.30 for Mya.
The time difference meant that Julia won the event with 2810 points overall. McMahon collected silver (2649 points) with another guest, Saidhbhe Byrne, from Enniscorthy AC in Ireland, collecting bronze with 2495 points. The victory was cause for celebration enough, but the entries on the all-time records list marks her out as another top Blue Vest prospect for the future.